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LONG JOHN'S WEDDING ("Posga Sean Fada" or "Posad Seagan Fada"). AKA and see "Mary Bain's Wedding." Irish, Double Jig or March (6/8 time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. O'Neill (1922) calls the march version in his Waifs and Strays (1922) an 'elaboration' of the jig he prints in Music of Ireland (1903). The second of O'Neill's strains differ somewhat. See "My House" or "My Own House" for a setting of the tune in waltz time (or as a 3/4 time air). Fr. John Quinn finds a cognate melody in the Scottish minor-mode "John Bain's Sister's Wedding", printed by Kerr in the 1880's, and researcher Conor Ward points to a version the Alex Sutherland (1873-1967, Drumreilly, Co Leitrim) music manuscript where it is set in mixed (minor/major) mode. See also note for "Nancy Fat."

Scottish singer Belle Stewart's comic song "The Bonnie Wee Lassie frae Gourock" [1] [2] employs this tune, although it is an adaption of music hall star Harry Lauder's original song named "Piper MacFarlane" (words by Lauder and Gerald Grafton, music by Lauder, published and recorded for Pathé in 1906). Belle learned the song from a broadsheet, from The Poet's Box in Dundee. The music-hall era song and dance tune "Perfect Cure (The)" shares the same first strain, although the second strains differ.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 53. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1018, p. 190. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 233, p. 52. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 64 (march version).

Recorded sources : - Topic Records, The Cheviot Ramblers - "The Cheviot Ranters" (1973).




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